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List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.
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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
White Noise Don DeLillo

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The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon

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House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski

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Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut

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Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges

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Molloy; Malone dies ; The unna... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Underworld Don DeLillo

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Ubik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ubik Philip K. Dick

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

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Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

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The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Recognitions William Gaddis

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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Libra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Libra Don DeLillo

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The Sot-Weed Factor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth

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Hopscotch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added Hopscotch Julio Cortázar

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1979 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added 1979 Christian Kracht

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Wittgenstein's Mistress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Wittgenstein's Mistress David Markson

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Crash J. G. Ballard

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

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The young man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Young Man Botho Strauß

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Road Cormac McCarthy

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Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

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Choke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Choke Chuck Palahniuk

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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Perfume Patrick Süskind

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V. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added V. Thomas Pynchon

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The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon

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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis

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Bleeding Edge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon

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American Tabloid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added American Tabloid James Ellroy

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The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added The Third Policeman Brian O'Nolan

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Glamorama is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Glamorama Bret Easton Ellis

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Terra nostra is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Terra Nostra Carlos Fuentes

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse

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The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added The Tunnel William H. Gass